Rear Assembly

The rear assembly is broad, powerful, and well muscled in the hips and thighs, heavy in bone with rear and front bone approximately equal. Viewed from the rear, the legs are straight, parallel and widely spaced commensurate with the broad pelvis.

Stifle Joint

The stifle joint shows little angulation, is well knit and stable, points straight forward and the bones of the joint should be clean and sharp.

Hock Joint

The hock joint is well let down and appears almost straight. The hock joint must be strong, well knit and firm, never bowing or breaking forward or to either side. The hock joint and metatarsals lie in a straight line below the hip joint.

Serious Faults

Unsound stifle or hock joints.


Short and perpendicular to the ground.

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